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Brave festival-goers take a chilly dip in frozen Crystal Lake last year. (File photo)

Crystal Lake Winter Festival set for Jan. 21

CRYSTAL — The third annual Crystal Lake Winter Festival is approaching quickly and looks to feature some new events, as well as original fan favorites, such as the polar plunge.
The polar plunge involves taking a chilly dip into a frozen-over Crystal Lake.

Lakeview’s Andrew Hall, right, works to turn his opponent during a match last season. The Wildcats have started this season with an 8-1 record.

Lakeview wrestling team starting out hot

Lakeview’s wrestling team has started out the 2011-2012 season with one of the better records in school history.
The Wildcats are 8-1 in dual meets so far. That has coach Dave Blaser pleased.

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Police respond to Christmas weekend rollover accidents

Police responded to four rollover accidents on Christmas weekend.

Greenville’s Austin Somerfield goes up for a shot during the season opener against Cedar Springs this year. The Yellow Jackets are 4-0 overall.

Greenville preps for Cornerstone tourney

It’s been a very good start for the Greenville boys basketball team.
The Yellow Jackets are 4-0 after beating East Grand Rapids in the final game before the Christmas break.

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Police Reports — Dec. 23-26, 2011

BELDING — Police reports for Friday through Monday were not available. GREENVILLE — Police responded to 28 complaints Friday through Monday. Incidents included: Friday • Traffic accident, Washington and S. Barry. • Traffic accident, Lafayette. • Robbery, Fred Meijer Flat River Trail tunnel. Saturday • Non-aggravated assault, Carson City (M-57). Sunday • Traffic accident, Clay. Monday • Non-aggravated assault, Lafayette. STANTON [...]

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Funeral Notices for Dec. 27, 2011

Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Monday, Dec. 27, 2011

Barnes True Value Hardware in Carson City is a local example of entrepreneurship in Montcalm County. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm Community College expert discusses entrepreneurship

Greenville and the greater Montcalm County area have a rich history with entrepreneurship. Local luminaries such as Fred Meijer, Stanley Ash, Ray Tower, the Cook family and the Gibson family all started as entrepreneurs and grew their businesses into multi-million dollar or multi-billion dollar a year enterprises.

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Belding boys basketball coach optimistic despite tough start

If you ask Belding boys basketball coach Brian Babbitt about his 0-5 start, he takes an optimistic view of it. “The final score is about the only thing in my opinion that hasn’t gone our way,” Babbitt said. “I’ve been pleased with their effort and extremely pleased with their attitude. Their work ethic is phenomenal.”

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Montabella wrestling coach nears 300 wins

Montabella wrestling coach Shaun Balhorn has his team sitting at 7-2 in dual meets so far this season. If the Mustangs win their next dual meet, it will be a milestone victory for him.

Taking a stroll through the hospital lobby to greet patients and guests, CCH President and CEO Matt Thompson stops to have a chat with longtime hospital volunteer Bruce Gates in the hospital lobby.  — Daily News/Cory Smith

Thompson steps into role as Carson City Hospital chief

Carson City Hospital (CCH) is welcoming its fourth president and chief executive officer in 75 years. Matt Thompson, who has served as the hospital’s vice president and chief operating officer for the past four years, accepted the hospital board of directors’ offer to succeed Bruce Traverse as president and CEO and was to be officially appointed Saturday.